FATF, an organization that monitors global terrorist funding, has warned Pakistan. The Financial Action Task Force has asked Pakistan to tighten its laws on terrorist funding so that the people and terrorist organizations involved in it can be acted upon. Pakistan’s performance was evaluated by the International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) of the FATF in a meeting lasting until 21 February in Paris. According to reports, ‘The FATF has expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by Pakistan to curb terrorist funding and has asked to tighten their laws to take action against the people involved in it.’
The Pakistan government has also recently told the FATF that Jaish founder Masood Azhar and his family are missing. Pakistan has claimed that only 16 terrorists declared by the United Nations are in Pakistan. Seven of them have died. And of the nine terrorists alive, seven have appealed to the United Nations to lift financial and travel restrictions.
Pakistan will need 12 votes out of the total 39 to exit the ‘gray list’. Whereas to avoid being blacklisted, Pakistan would need the support of three more countries. The FATF met in Beijing last month. Pakistan had submitted its list of actions taken so far as per the guidelines of FATF. But in October 2019, the FATF told Pakistan that it had completed only five of the 27 goals. The FATF gave an ultimatum to Pakistan to complete its action plan till February 2020. Pakistan has been included in the gray list since June 2018. And it was asked to execute an action plan by October 2019. Otherwise, it will be blacklisted. Countries like North Korea and Iran are already on the blacklist.
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